Too great a risk
Thank you Scott Giltrap for alerting the general public to the appalling double-standard that is being applied to registrars coming to Border hospitals ("There's a hole in the bubble", The Border Mail, July 25).
A registrar is generally considered to be a doctor undergoing training as a specialist, so are they visiting or are they working here?
If they are "visiting" they should not be here at all during COVID lock down and if they are working, they must adhere to the restrictive conditions we're all living/working under and not return to Melbourne on days off.
There are increasing numbers of health workers in Melbourne becoming infected, so infection control measures are not always effective.
Why increase the potential risk to Border residents when there are options such as closing down elective surgery for a time?
Scott Giltrap's solutions, based on his vast experience in medical administration and practice, provide a common sense approach to an untenable situation which reeks of professional elitism.
Meredith Watson, Table Top
Independent regulator crucial
Most of us agree the environment needs to be protected now and for future generations. Professor Graeme Samuel's interim report on the "Environment Protection & Biodiversity Conservation Act" has once again allowed Sussan Ley, our Environment Minister, to show her true colours.
One of the recommendations in the report is that there is a need for an independent regulator for important environment decisions.
Our Environment Minister has dismissed this recommendation. I believe it is to speed-up the process and avoid red tape, hence enabling developers, miners and land clearers open slather to destroy our environment.
I am appalled by this decision as I know many commentators and environmentalists considered this recommendation to be the most important of the recommendations.
In the interim report, Professor Samuels refers to the need for an independent regulator that is "not subject to actual or implied direction from the Environment Minister''.
That, for me, says it all.
Bert Washington, Albury
Lack of direction
When will our politicians make some hard decisions and own-up to their mistakes?
During this virus outbreak many of the decisions made were wrong, but instead of saying "I got it wrong" and reversing a decision they have ploughed along, frustrating the majority.
It is over six months now since governments became aware of the potential threat and we are still rudderless with no future plan.
Some Asian countries that we see as developing seem to have things under control and have resumed a normal life with some restrictions.
The majority of the population obeying the rules are sick of the minority breaking the rules who only seem to get a slap on the wrist.
The Black Lives Matter march is a prime example.
Australia will never be the same again, so a new direction will require major projects.
Look back in history as in the 1950-60s when many rural children as young as 14 where forced to relocate to find employment.
The press needs to change from being negative and provide a positive approach if we are to prosper in the future.